Club Fonograma

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Club Fonograma
Club Fonograma Logo
Web address [1]
Type of site
Music webzine
Registration No
Owner Carlos Reyes
Launched 2008
Alexa rank
negative increase 758,014 (April 2014)[1]
Current status Active

Club Fonograma is a United States-based daily Internet publication established in 2008 that is devoted to music criticism and commentary, music news, mixtapes, podcasts, and artist interviews. Its focus is on global pop and independent music from artists of Spanish, Caribbean, and Latin American origin or background. It is notable for its eclectic and idiosyncratic English-language coverage of mostly Spanish-language music. It has been praised as the "Pitchfork of Latin Music"[2] and as "hands down the best go-to music site for indie music out of America and Spain."[3]

Club Fonograma was created in Phoenix, Arizona in 2008 by Carlos Reyes,[4] while attending college in Phoenix. During its run, the site has expanded from a simple music review site and now also covers events such as South by Southwest,[5] the Latin American Music Conference,[6] Vive Latino,[7] and Festival NRMAL.[8] Their coverage has also been praised by American music outlets such as Pitchfork [9] and NPR.[10] The site also won a 2012 IMAS award for "Best Music Website."[11]

From 2008 through 2011, the site curated a mixtape series called Fonogramaticos. These albums contained a mix of unreleased songs from both prominent major-label acts and unsigned or independent artists, and are free for readers to download. A total of fourteen volumes were created in the series. Since then, the site has released annual compilations outside the Fonogramaticos series.

In 2011, the site began its own podcast called the Fonocast, hosted by writer Blanca Mendez. Each month, the Fonocast is centered on a different theme, and has a revolving set of co-hosts, usually other Club Fonograma staff writers.

Club Fonograma Album and Song of the Year winners[edit]

Club Fonograma Album of the Year[edit]

Year Artist Album Nation Source
2007 Calle 13 Residente o Visitante  Puerto Rico [2]
2008 El Guincho Alegranza!  Spain [3]
2009 Emilio José Chorando Apréndese  Spain [4]
2010 Javiera Mena Mena  Chile [5]
2011 Bam Bam Futura Vía  Mexico [6]
2012 Ases Falsos Juventud Americana  Chile [7]
2013 BFlecha βeta  Spain [8]
2014 Diosque Constante  Argentina [9]

Club Fonograma Song of the Year[edit]

Year Artist Song Nation Source
2008 El Guincho "Palmitos Park"  Spain [10]
2009 Natalia Lafourcade "Azul"  Mexico [11]
2010 Javiera Mena "Luz de Piedra de Luna"  Chile [12]
2011 Los Claveles "Nacional 42"  Spain [13]
2012 Mañaneros "Baby Tropical"  Chile [14]
2013 Füete Billēte "La Trilla (Móntate Aquí)"  Puerto Rico [15]
2014 Javiera Mena "Otra Era"  Chile [16]

Club Fonograma Top 10 Albums of the Decade (2000-2009)[edit]


Order Artist Album Country
1 Café Tacuba Cuatro Caminos  Mexico
2 Javiera Mena Esquemas Juveniles  Chile
3 Porter Atemahawke  Mexico
4 Julieta Venegas Bueninvento  Mexico
5 Calle 13 Residente o Visitante  Puerto Rico
6 Emilio José Chorando Apréndese  Spain
7 Natalia Lafourcade Hu Hu Hu  Mexico
8 Triángulo de Amor Bizarro Triángulo de Amor Bizarro  Spain
9 El Guincho Alegranza!  Spain
10 En Ventura Los Gandharvas  Mexico

Club Fonograma Top 10 Songs of the Decade (2000-2009)[edit]


Order Artist Song Country
1 Javiera Mena "Al Siguiente Nivel"  Chile
2 Calle 13 "Atrevete-te-te!"  Puerto Rico
3 Triángulo de Amor Bizarro "El Fantasma de la Transición"  Spain
4 Hello Seahorse! "Bestia"  Mexico
5 Julieta Venegas "Lento"  Mexico
6 Café Tacuba "Eres"  Mexico
7 Celso Piña ft. Control Machete & Blanquito Man "Cumbia Sobre el Río"  Mexico
8 Porter "Cuervos"  Mexico
9 Rita Indiana y los Misterios "La Hora de Volvé"  Dominican Republic
10 Natalia Lafourcade "Azul"  Mexico


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